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i have Ubuntu 8.04 installed as a dual boot with wxp. i love it, but am trying to simplify the restart sequence for my wife. after selecting ubuntu as the boot os, the system displays a file not found message and then shows a grub screen with a list of commands that all start with "find file". looking for the file menu.lst in several different locations. the entry that indicates /boot/grub/menu.lst is the only one i want to show (the only one that works.) is there a configuration file that should be edited? i haven't been able to find it so far.
Last edited by Boblangley; 06-09-2008 at 12:32 PM.
i followed your directions, but nothing changed in the boot sequence. the command appeared to complete successfully, but i still have a screen that comes up with four possibilities for finding the grub menu.lst. only one will result in a boot.
the entry that indicates /boot/grub/menu.lst is the only one i want to show (the only one that works.) is there a configuration file that should be edited?
It tells you there where the file is located, and name of the file. It's in /boot/grub directory, and the name is menu.lst.
To edit out the options that don't boot, you can either delete the entries or comment them out with a # symbol at the beginning of each line you don't want to show. Commenting out the lines is the safest way, because IF you find out later that you can correct them so that they do boot, you won't have to strain your brain trying to remember what the entries were.
To effect repairs of the non-booting lines, you would be best if you posted here the output of 'fdisk -l' and the contents of /boot/grub/menu.lst (just the menu entries that show on screen). Errors in the non-booting lines will become more obvious by studying those two files.
Do you happen to have a mix of P-ATA (i.e. IDE) and S-ATA disks by any chance ???.
If so, I may have bad news for you - I gave up trying to make this work, and moved off Ubuntu altogether on such a setup.
I opened a bug back in the 7.10 beta but the devs weren't interested. The initscripts are apparently to blame - seemingly goes all the way back to the Debian.
For a while I manually adjusted things, then it all got too hard and I moved on (a nice little quad-core - I needed something other than Vista on it).
find /boot/grub/menu.lst (this is the only selection that boots)
Selecting any line except the third results in a "File not found. Press any key to continue." message.
Once /boot/grub/menu.lst is selected, another screen displays with "GRUB4DOS 0.4.3 2008-04-22, Memory 638k/1534m, CodeEnd:0x41228" shown at the top. Below this the three boot options, Ubuntu, Other, and Windows XP are again displayed. From there, Ubuntu will boot either when selected or after a brief delay.
I hope to be able to go directly to Ubuntu without dealing with the file not found issues, or having to select the OS a second time. Surely there is a way to avoid dealing with the file not found conditions. I have reinstalled Ubuntu, reinstalled GRUB on hd0, with no luck.
I was going to ask you about the "file" commands you mentioned. What is tinybit's little baby (grub4dos) doing in the mix ???.
That option list doesn't match the menu.lst I got you to list out earlier - is that verbatim ???. What does boot.ini look like on the Windoze side ???.
thanks for your help, but while trying to figure out what you were ever so cryptically talking about, i stumbled upon a utility called wingrub that required every bit of 2 minutes to fix my problem. i recommend it highly. next time someone asks for help, try reading their posting before asking a sackful of dumb ass questions.